La India hospitalized after domestic dispute
Puerto Rican salsa singer La India was hospitalized Monday after she was allegedly assaulted by her boyfriend Javier Padilla Gonzalez.
According to La Razon, the 44-year-old singer was found beaten at Padilla’s residence around 12:15 a.m. Monday. La India suffered a broken nose, bruises and internal bleeding to the head, reports El Nuevo Dia.
La India, whose real name is Linda Viera Caballero, was immediately taken to Pavia Hospital and Medical Center in San Juan after the attack.
The singer’s 32-year-old boyfriend Padilla was detained and questioned by police. Later that day the singer’s spokesperson, Norma, said Padilla was not responsible for the attack.
When asked who was responsible for the attack, she said La India told her that “gringos” did it, following a dispute at a locale in Condado and when she felt ill at home she called police, El Nuevo Dia reports.
But the spokesperson’s account of the attack doesn’t match up with eye witnesses who say that La India and Padilla’s dispute began at an establishment in Condado. Other witnesses say they saw Padilla hit the singer near a Walgreens in Condado and the dispute continued to their home, reports El Nuevo Dia.
La India is not pressing charges on Padilla or those responsible for assaulting her, according to her attorney.
Watch video of La India and her attorney following the court appearance.
Norma said: “India is fine. She doesn’t have a broken nose; she has a bruise. She does not have a swollen face or black eyes, just a little red on her forehead.”
The award-winning singer is known as the “Princess of Salsa,” a title given to her by the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz. La India is currently working on a duet album with Juan Gabriel, which will be released later this year. She performed on March 23 in Chicago at the Chicago International Salsa Congress.
Did you know: In the United States, 23.4 percent of Hispanic women will become victims of domestic violence in their lifetime.
How did La India sing about being a strong, independent woman and now she gets beat by her bf? Oh no.
— Debbie O (@debbiebuttt) March 26, 2013
My prayers are with La India who is in the hospital as a result of domestic violence.Met her years ago at Mr…. fb.me/2E7gB1j9B
— Emanuel Xavier (@Emanuel_Xavier) March 26, 2013
OMG ;__; RT: Salsa singer La India hospitalized; her boyfriend has been arrested on domestic violence charges uninews.us/15MCmai
— Ruth (@BedheadRuth) March 26, 2013